Integris Heart Hospital is approved to perform a new nonsurgical treatment for aortic valve stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve inside the heart. Few hospitals nationwide have been approved to conduct the procedure, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
A bovine prosthetic valve is mounted inside a stent and positioned inside the heart via catheter through the femoral artery in the leg or through a small incision in the side of the chest, according to an Integris news release. The method is much less invasive and dangerous than open-heart surgery.
The method was used on the first local Integris patient in May 2012. The 91-year-old man spent three days in the hospital and never required pain medication, the release states. Once weak and short of breath, now he rides an exercise bike for an hour three days a week.
“The consequences of not treating aortic stenosis are dire,” Dr. Jeffrey Sparling, an Integris cardiologist, said in the release. “The average survival of patients who are experiencing symptoms and do not receive treatment is only two years, and the five-year survival rate is less than 20 percent.”
Patients may not realize they have the heart condition, instead blaming their symptoms on simple aging.
For more information about the procedure, call 596-2771.
A running event for children
Lace up your children's running shoes and get ready for fun on the banks of the Oklahoma River. The 2013 Princess Run and Little Dude Dash is almost here.
For the fourth annual event, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District again will be turned into a “magical” village for the run and children's festival, according to a news release.
“The Princess Run is a frolicking, whimsical 1.2 mile run/walk/stroll event designed to delight girls 12 and under while encouraging a healthy and happy lifestyle,” the release states. “The Little Dude Dash is a ‘wicked cool' 1.2 mile run/walk for boys.”
The festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. April 14. All of the Boathouse District venues will be open for tours and youth activities sponsored by OKC Riversport.
The girls' run begins at 2 p.m.; the boys' event is at 3:15 p.m. The runs will take place on the Oklahoma River trails. A full schedule and map are not yet available.
The festival is free and open to the public, but runners will be charged a registration fee of $23.75. To register, go to www.princessrun.com. A limited number of spots are available.
And a race for everyone else
The Red Earth Run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday along the Oklahoma River trails.
The event — which includes a 5k race, 1-mile fun run and a variety of family activities — will be held at Wheeler Park, 1125 S Western Ave.
Early registration is $25 for adults and $20 for those 18 and under. Those who register early will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Register online at www.signmeup.com/88931.
Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and is $30 for adults and $25 for those 18 and under. T-shirts may not be available for those who register the day of the event.
Companies or tribes can enter teams in the Red Earth Run Challenge Cup competition. The organization with the best overall times in the 5k will receive a trophy.
The long run will be a USATF-sanctioned event featuring electronic chip timing. The proceeds benefit Red Earth, Inc. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and the top three finishers in standard five-year age groups. Awards will be presented immediately after the run.
Learn about treatment options
About one in 200 Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Such diseases are painful and debilitating.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America will host an informational program for patients and their families, helping them learn more about the diseases and their treatment. The program, called “Treatment Approaches in IBD: Options to Consider,” will include an interactive presentation by Dr. Tauseef Ali and a question-and-answer session.
It will begin at 6 p.m. April 3, at the Samis Family Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center, 1200 Children's Avenue. Register at http://online.ccfa.org/treatmentsokc.
Topics will include: similarities and differences between Crohn's and ulcerative colitis; risks and benefits of various treatments; how continuing treatment can affect disease management and quality of life; and how to talk to your doctors about your treatment.
For more information, call (972) 386-0607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
COMPILED BY KEN RAYMOND, staff writer